Tier: Don Shipp
Salmonflies (Pteronarcys californica) also known
as a Giant Stonefly or Willowfly are great fly fishing in the early months of
Spring and Summer. The Nymphs and Adults are huge and huge trout love
them. Out here in the West, they are a staple for big fish during their
brief hatch period (mid-May to mid-June). As with most stoneflies, they emerge
on land and spend several weeks crawling around looking for a mate. They
usually find the water by being blown from bank-side vegetation, so the best
place to cast a Salmonfly imitation is next to the bank with a downstream
MacSalmon fly was created by Al Troth. Stoneflies, especially Salmonflies
are my favorite. I look forward to them each year, although some years
they do not appear at all.
Recipe for MacSalmon
Hook : TMC 200R – Sizes 2, 4 & 6 TMC 200R – Sizes 2, 4 & 6
Thread : Black 6/0
Abdomen : 1) Orange close-cell foam.
Thread onto a needle and tie off 5 or 6 segments with fire orange single strand floss. Then thread onto hook leaving 2 segments extending past the hook bend. Or...
2) Orange braided macramé cording.
Thread onto hook leaving some extending past the hook bend. Melt the butt-end with a lighter.
Underwing : A few strands of Krystal Flash (orange & black)
Then a formed stonefly wing using Shimazaki
Fly Wing #11 or any wing material. (see note below)
Wing should extend a little past the abdomen.
Overwing : Light elk hair over which is Orange-dyed elk hair.
Head: Dark moose tied bullet style. Ends make a collar
Legs : Black round rubber, tied in with fire orange
single strand floss.
Shimazaki Fly Wing is a material once produce by Umpqua Feather Merchants.
I have been unable to locate any in years, however, a fellow FF’er on FAOL was
nice enough to send me some of his “left-overs.”
There are other winging materials, such as Web
Wing in Medium Dun color,
that will work just as well. Available at Fly Tying World's Store.